When it comes to home improvement, some tasks can be hard for you to tackle on your own and require a professional. HomeAdvisor is a great resource to consider.
I recently requested a few quotes on HomeAdvisor for a roofing repair project — just to see what the process was like. In this article, I’ll take a close look at what you can do on the HomeAdvisor site.
Whether you need help with home improvement, maintenance, or repair, you’ll likely find a professional on HomeAdvisor in just a few minutes who can help.
HomeAdvisor connects users with local companies while providing access to verified reviews and ratings. Using the website, I was able to compare nearby businesses, read about other customers’ experiences, request quotes, and more.
This option lets you see the price upfront, and if you like it, you can schedule the job online. HomeAdvisor will then match you with a business to complete the service at that price. This can help you save time finding someone for your project.
Whether you decide to compare quotes yourself or opt for a fixed price, HomeAdvisor can be a great resource for connecting with recommended professionals in your area.
There are three main ways to find a nearby professional using HomeAdvisor.
- Use HomeAdvisor’s ProFinder tool. This lets you enter details about your specific project and contact the company/companies that HomeAdvisor recommends. Using this method, you’ll end up with one to three quotes.
- Use the directory to browse through nearby professionals and decide which one(s) to contact. Using this method, you can request as many quotes as you want.
- Search for fixed-price services and pay an upfront fee for HomeAdvisor to send a qualified, background-checked professional to complete the job. With this method, you’ll skip the quotes altogether. Instead, you’ll agree to have the job done by a professional whom HomeAdvisor chooses for a non-negotiable price.
When I visited HomeAdvisor, I used the ProFinder tool first to see which companies I would be matched with. I typed in the service I was looking for and chose the appropriate suggestion: “paint a kitchen.” From there, I answered a few questions about the project and clicked “view matching pros.”
I had the option to connect instantly with the pro that HomeAdvisor recommended. When I clicked “connect me now,” I got a phone call within seconds that connected me live with my “match.” From there, we were able to discuss quotes and project details.
I searched a second time and clicked, “No thanks, just show me my pros.” The only match HomeAdvisor provided was the company I’d just talked with over the phone. Depending on the project and your location, you could be matched with as many as three professionals.
My Final Thoughts
Overall, I think HomeAdvisor is a good resource if you’re looking for a contractor or service provider for home improvement, maintenance or repair. It lets you connect quickly with pre-screened professionals and compare local businesses. It’s free, but keep in mind the potential drawbacks: spam mail and limited search results.